Mercadante to step down as science, technology minister - reports

Friday, December 23, 2011

Brazil's science, technology and innovation minister, Aloizio Mercadante, is likely to step down from his post and become head of the education ministry, according to reports from local media.

An official announcement is expected from the federal government soon.

The move would fit with the current cabinet reshuffle being carried out by President Dilma Rousseff ahead of next year's municipal elections. The current education minister, Fernando Haddad, was picked by the ruling PT party to run for mayor of Brazil's most important city, São Paulo.

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Although reports are indicating that Mercadante's reassignment is set in stone, it is still unknown who will become the new science, technology and innovation minister.

The reports also said that Mercadante is unlikely to be education minister for long, as he intends to run for São Paulo state governor in the 2014 elections.